Honey Roasted Parsnips

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Honey Roasted Parsnips

These easy to make honey roasted parsnips are a super accompaniment to a roast dinner.

The beauty is that you can parboil them with the potatoes and roast them together with your potatoes or carrots.

This means you do not need any separate pans or baking tins to cook them in, which saves on washing up.

honey roasted carrots and parsnips
Honey Roasted Parsnips

Parsnips have a lovely sweet and nutty taste which is delicious when combined with the savoury flavour of roast meat and a rich gravy.

Over in Ireland we often buy the parsnip together in a bag with carrots as they often get sold together.

This is handy as I often cook my baked carrots with garlic anyway with a roast dinner. 

Sometimes I will bake the carrots together with the parsnips, depending what else we have in the oven (the potatoes may get roasted in the same roasting dish as the meat for example).

roast carrots with parsnips
Carrots and parsnips ready to roast in the oven

The parsnip is a root vegetable where the parsnip root is the edible part. If you are trying to grow it yourself be aware that the sap is toxic.

So you have to take care when handling the leaves and stalks to prevent wild parsnip rash.

parsnip recipe


Cooking parsnips

When you are preparing parsnips, if they are thin, you do not really need to peel them. I would be tempted to just wash them off.

If they are thicker ones, then I peel them and keep them in salted water until cooking. This stops them from discolouring.

They tend to float so you may want to weigh them down with a smaller pan lid to keep them underwater (the peeled potatoes will sink in the water).


roast parsnips

Then cut them to size just before you parboil them.

Using this recipe, parboiling and roasting, will give you some satisfyingly crispy roast parsnips.

Crisp on the outside and soft and sweet within. Delicious!

The honey in this recipe just adds a nice sweet glaze and enhances the sweetness making them a wonderful accompaniment to a savoury dish such as a roast chicken dinner.

honey glazed parsnips


I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you do try it, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make honey roasted parsnips 

Honey Roasted Parsnips

Honey Roasted Parsnips

Beautifully crispy honey roasted parsnips are one of the best vegetables on a roasted dinner plate - parboil and roast with the potatoes to save on the washing up

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • Amounts determined by what you need
  • Parsnips, peeled
  • Plain flour
  • Honey
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Once the parsnips have been peeled, chop them lengthways if they are too big and shorten them if need be. Put them into a saucepan of salted boiling water and par boil them for 5 minutes. Then drain them in a sieve and let them air-dry themselves.
  2. Do not let them lie out after peeling without putting them in water, or they will discolour.
  3. Then cover the parsnips in honey and seasoned flour and make sure they are fully coated.
  4. Then place them in a roasting tin with some butter and the oil and roast them in the oven at 180C for about 40 minutes. Turn once and baste half way through. (You can also put them in with your potatoes if you are roasting potatoes and you have room in the dish).


As a side dish with whatever you want.

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6 thoughts on “Honey Roasted Parsnips”

  1. HI! Gav, Just found your site searching for parsnips and there you was. Love parsnips & yours look the best (fingers crossed). Makes a change to find recipes made so easy. Have a good one & stay safe. Terry the old one.


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